The Doctors: What’s Worse Verbal Abuse or Spanking? Fran Walfish

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The Doctors TV Show was focused on the topic of Why Is My Body Changing.  They answered all kinds of questions on topics from hair loss to cellulite to changes “down there.” The Drs TV Show spoke about How to Discipline Children.  What is worse, to spank a child or to yell at them?  The Doctors interviewed people and everyone seemed to agree that Verbal Abuse is worse than spanking.  Spanking you do, and it is over.  Whereas with Verbal Abuse, the child can be tormented by the words for years. The Doctors What’s Worse Spanking or Verbal Abuse?

The Doctors TV Show: Verbal Abuse vs Spanking in Child Discipline

The Doctors said that children who are yelled at have a higher incidence of ADHD and a bunch of mental problems.  We have all seen it before – a child acts out at the mall, the mom yells at them, and it is a big scene – that is Angry Parenting and causes problems.  Do not lose your temper.  Dr Jim Sears said that you should tell your child what to do instead of telling them what not to do.

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The Doctors TV Show: Dr Fran Walfish

The Doctors interviewed Dr Fran Walfish, author of The Self-Aware Parent: Resolving Conflict and Building a Better Bond with Your Child, and she said that both Verbal Abuse and Spanking are equally damaging.  So, what is the best advice for when your child acts out?  Dr Fran Walfish said you should take a moment before you react and know ahead of time what the clear boundaries are.  What is ok and what is not ok?  Only act and talk without anger or rage.  Encourage your child to say directly – I’m mad at you mommy because I don’t want to turn off the tv and take a bath right now. Just avoid spanking and verbal abuse, because it can lead to child impairment and depression.

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